Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Issue Areas

Population Health

Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical. Yet health is also heavily determined by factors outside the doctor’s office, from housing and safety to education and employment.

Everyone has a stake and a role in improving health. PHI brings together a broad cross-section of partners to ensure successful collaboration between public health, health care and community development practitioners—all working to advance community health and health equity together

Our expertise includes:

  • Leadership development: Work with us to build the capacity of local leaders, organizations, health departments and others to address the root causes of health problems. 
  • Stakeholder convenings and conference support: We are available to help convene and support public-private partnerships to advice one another and discuss emerging trends, practices and innovations.
  • Coalition and network building: PHI specializes in building local, statewide, and national networks that unite community leaders, partners, innovators, funders and health professionals to explore new tools and practices, and to develop pioneering solutions. We have specific expertise in building collaborative efforts that bridge sectors to advance and implement innovative strategies to improve health and equity.
  • Policy development and advocacy: We can help you advance policy solutions that improve health care delivery and help prevent disease by addressing the social determinants of health. Our staff is available to help you advocate for policies that push for health systems change at the local to federal levels. We also have expertise in the development and advocacy of policies to increase access to healthy foods, promote physical activity, protect the environment, support telehealth initiatives, and more. 
  • Program development and management: Our staff can help your program facilitate the production, adoption and adaptation of tools, resources and solutions by communicating what works, designing tailored programs and using our expertise to help launch or sustain your efforts.
  • Capacity building and trainings: PHI staff is available to train and consult with community collaboratives, public health departments, organizational staff, and multi-sector partners to strengthen health reform advocacy, implementation, and evaluation efforts.

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Resources and Tools

Experts

Connie Chan Robison

Connie Chan Robison is executive director of the Center for Collaborative Planning, a training and technical assistance center at PHI. Robison prom...

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Paul English

Paul English, PhD, MPH, is state environmental epidemiologist and branch scientific advisor for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch at t...

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Thomas Greenfield

Tom Greenfield is scientific director of PHI's Alcohol Research Group (ARG). He also directs ARG's National Alcohol Research Center, which ...

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Marta Induni

Marta Induni, PhD, is the research program director of the Survey Research Group (SRG) at PHI. With more than 20 years of survey research experienc...

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Genoveva Islas

Genoveva Islas, MPH, directs Cultiva La Salud, which works to address poor nutrition and physical inactivity in the San Joaquin Valley by creating ...

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Douglas Jutte

Douglas Jutte is a pediatrician and population health researcher. His research interests focus on the impact of social determinants of health on ch...

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Heidi Lamb

Heidi Lamb is the Program Director for Clinical Trial Quest. CTQ is focused on improving patient and community healthcare provider access to clinic...

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Carmen Nevarez

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's vice president for external relations, preventive medicine advisor and director of the Center for Health...

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Mary Pittman

Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, is president and chief executive officer of the Public Health Institute (PHI). A nationally recognized leader in improving c...

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Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra

Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, PhD, MPH, is a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Scientist at the Public Health Institute. She has more than 10 years...

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Lynn Silver

Lynn Silver is a senior advisor at PHI for chronic disease and obesity as well as the director of PHI's California Project LEAN. She works to e...

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Susan Watson

Susan Watson is the Program Director for the CA4Health community of practice to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity across Califor...

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Elaine Zahnd

Elaine Zahnd, PhD, is a sociologist and senior research scientist at PHI. Zahnd has conducted health policy-related research and evaluations for ov...

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Programs

Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit

CA4Health

CA4Health is a community of practice consisting of people and organizations working to advance chronic disease prevention and health equity in Cali...

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Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health

CITPH promotes improved quality of health care, reductions in costs, and improved access to public health services through technology-enabled healt...

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Clinical Trial Quest

Clinical Trial Quest's mission is to expand access to clinical trial participation by empowering and encouraging discussions between patients a...

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Health in All Policies

The Health in All Policies Task Force is a collaborative project between the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, a...

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Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations

Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP) aims to improve substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention and tr...

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Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL)

PHI’s Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) brings new options for innovation to public health. In the same way that Silicon Valley creates...

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Public Health Data Solutions

Data is the foundation of sound decision making, especially when tackling complex health issues. Organizations have literally hundreds of thousands...

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Here's How We're Making a Difference

Advancing the Affordable Care Act's Community Benefit Regulations

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made significant changes to the way that non-profit hospitals report and maintain tax-exempt status. PHI's Kevin Barnett, whose work has focused on reforming hospital community benefit practice for years, provided analysis of the ACA's new regulations.

In collaboration with partners, Dr. Barnett developed new online tools to improve the practice of community health needs assessment required of non-profit hospitals under the ACA, including the Community Commons' Vulnerable Population Footprint.

Amplifying Cutting-Edge Public Health Thinking and Luminary Voices

Dialogue4Health hosts curated conversations that allow public health leaders to explore their experiences with a particular topic. D4H uses both Web Forum technology and video to showcase the familiarity, warmth, and excitement that these in-person conversations can achieve.

Our web forum on sustainable financial models for improving population health showcased a conversation between PHI CEO Mary Pittman and leading expert Jim Hester, on emerging payment mechanisms for advancing public health efforts at the population level, and the role that public health can play in supporting and accelerating the transition to community population health systems. Read a summary of the conversation. 

Bringing State Efforts Together and Finding Common Ground through a Learning Lab

PHIL designed and facilitated a group of 10 hospital service area sites across Vermont in their work to become Accountable Communities of Health (ACH). PHIL helped Vermont to use an innovative and unique approach of a cross-site learning journey.

By exploring what it means to be an ACH, PHIL helped the individual communities from across the state to learn from one another, share solutions, work collectively on common challenges, and build new capacities and systems infrastructure. This effort, funded by the Federal Center for Medicare Medicaid and Innovation, enables Vermont to better address complex population health problems at the community and statewide level.

Read the report: Vermont Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) Peer Learning Lab Report